Community Conversations Series


Community Conversations Series

About: Community Conversation Series is a program of events, organized and hosted by UCCS School of Public Affairs (SPA), highlighting the ways in which members of our community play an integral role in transforming lives. These events are free and open to the public.

Managing Disasters: Challenges for NGOs

Panelists include: Andy Cain, Dm, Douglas Rouse, Volunteer Manager, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado,
Steve Kuhr, Manager of Emergency Management and Continuity, Colorado Springs Utilities, Mark Boley, South Central Regional Field Manager, State of Colorado, Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Joe Mahoney, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Diocese of Pueblo, Tom Gonzalez, Executive Director, Southeastern Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross

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Developing Human Capital for Nonprofits

Panelists include: Shannon Rauen, Membership & Capacity Builder at Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Antoinette Holmes, Director of Talent Management at Pikes Peak YMCA, Jen DeFranco, Human Resources Director at The Resource Exchange, and Sara Daum, Resource Development Manager at Team USA Fund Campaigns US Olympic and Paralympic Foundation.

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Social Impact Businesses

The Colorado Coalition for Social Impact and Better Business Bureau presented on Social Enterprise, Social Business, Conscious Capitalism, and Benefit Corporations to our students.

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Housing Solutions Summit

SPA’s Community Conversation event on the Housing Solutions Summit will focus is on finding solutions for the lack of affordable and accessible housing in the Pikes Peak region. There will be a keynote speaker and four panels comprised of area experts to talk about relevant issues on Monday, September 12, 2016.

Video of Housing Solutions

Advocacy and Policy Change for People with Disabilities

Panelists: The Independence Center's Carrie Baatz, Billy Allen & Michael Hazard, the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation's Andrew Winders, Amblicab's Gail Nehls, The Rocky Mountain ADA Center's Maggie Simms.
About: The topic of focus for this event is Advocacy and Policy Development Supporting Independent Living for People with Disabilities.
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015

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Social Media for Academic Purposes and CSRP Info Session

Presenter: Matt Getze, Educational Technologist for School of Public Affairs
About: Matt Getze will present on using social media in the academic setting, with special emphasis on selecting and integrating tools that foster student engagement and data analysis.
Time: 5:00 - 6:00pm

Presenter: Jeremy Wimer, Colorado Springs Rising Professionals
About: Jeremy Wimer will provide an information session and the benefits of joining the popular Colorado Springs Rising Professionals organization.
Date: Monday, October 19, 2015



The Myth of Work/Life Balance

Presenter: Provost Mary Coussons-Read
Date: Monday, April 6, 2015

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